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Kristian Niemietz
26 August 2015
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Which country in the world has the best healthcare? Is the NHS fit for purpose? What are the alternatives? How are our healthcare systems going to change in the future? Can the free market provide...
Toby Young
20 August 2015
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“You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way! And that's how...
Len Shackleton
19 August 2015
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Exam results day celebrations (or otherwise) are barely over, but bad ideas for reforming the examination system already abound. Nick Gibb, the Schools minister, is considering nationalising the...
Ryan Bourne
18 August 2015
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The summer is ebbing, football is back, and this weekend saw the launch of yet another campaign to “save the NHS”. The dramatically named NHS Survival – an “umbrella group...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2015
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“The strategy of government ministers has been obvious. Starve the NHS of vital cash and resources then force patients to look to the growing private sector […] [H]ad the government...
Kristian Niemietz
10 August 2015
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Technological progress is often held to be one of the main drivers of rising healthcare spending. Medical science advances, enabling us to manage or even cure more and more diseases, and great though...
Kristian Niemietz
4 August 2015
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Do you remember the time when healthcare professionals used to argue that the NHS was adequately funded, and that further injections of money were not needed? Me neither, because there never was such...
Patrick Minford
27 July 2015
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Work is proceeding within universities on the assumption that in 2019 they will have to submit another Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. For those not totally up to speed with this...
Len Shackleton
24 July 2015
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British universities are tightly regulated. But, as often happens with regulation, bureaucratic procedures do not guarantee that things work well. They do, however, generate vested interests, tend to...
Kristian Niemietz
9 July 2015
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Hinchingbrooke hospital has had a history of ups and downs. In the 2000s, it lost control of its finances, running up debt of £40m. It also slipped in the hospital rankings of clinical outcomes...
Peter Ainsworth
3 July 2015
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Writing in The Times on Wednesday, Jo Johnson, the new Universities Minister, noted the disappointing statistic that almost half of students feel they do not get value for money from university...
Kristian Niemietz
26 June 2015
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As an undergraduate student, I spent an Erasmus semester in a small town in Spain. During a flat viewing, the landlady who showed me around pointed at the microwave in the kitchen, and said: ‘...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
17 June 2015
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If healthcare in the 20th century was characterised by the successful eradication and containment of communicable diseases – from TB and smallpox to diphtheria, poliomyelitis and influenza...
Kristian Niemietz
16 June 2015
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In the UK, people who support a pluralistic, competitive and consumer-driven healthcare system often believe that theirs is a lost cause. They argue that the public’s commitment to the NHS is...
Peter Ainsworth
11 June 2015
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The current system of financing higher education is stuck in a rut. It does not work particularly well for anybody: A lot of students end up saddled with debt; large amounts of debt have to be...
Kristian Niemietz
5 June 2015
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In this video, Dr Kristian Niemietz explains that the ongoing debate about the future of the National Health Service is typically superficial and parochial, failing to draw on the evidence from...
Kristian Niemietz
1 June 2015
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Individual healthcare costs are generally unpredictable. We cannot know whether we will need healthcare treatment next year, what kind of treatment that would be, and what its price is. It is...
Kristian Niemietz
11 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 With the 2020 General Election less than four weeks away, this special edition and the next two will provide some in-depth analysis of what we think this government got...
Kristian Niemietz
15 April 2015
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-“Suppose it could be proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a private for-profit healthcare provider offers better care than NHS providers in the same area. Should NHS patients have a...
Philip Booth
13 April 2015
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The Catholic Bishops’ General Election advice called on Catholics to support a “robust National Health Service on which we can all rely”. This is something of an about-turn. When...